About the Northern Territory
From open outback to ancient rainforest, wild wetland to tropical town, Australia’s Northern Territory is like no-where else on earth. Its arid Red Centre is home to famous Ayers Rock, an incredible monolith that once sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348m above ground.
Iconic Ayers Rock
There are plenty of ways to discover Australia’s most iconic landmark, including guided walks, sunrise and sunset tours, spectacular dining in the desert experiences, and even scenic helicopter flights.
For a truly unique experience however, we recommend Bruce Munro’s mesmerising ‘Field of Light‘ exhibition, where 50,000 individual glass frosted orbs illuminate the desert of Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. In local Pitjantjatjara it is aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku, which means ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’!
Surrounding Uluru are many other great places to visit, including the rugged Kings Canyon, desert town of Alice Springs and enchanting Olgas. With so much epic outback to explore, we recommend hiring a vehicle or joining an escorted tour to experience the best of this region.
A Tropical Capital
Darwin is Australia’s only tropical capital city and is the gateway to the Top End. Famed for its rich sunsets and quirky market stalls, you can easily spend your days here enjoying its laid-back lifestyle or instead, choose to head out to one of its nearby World Heritage Listed national parks.
Wildlife, Wilderness & Wetlands
For wildlife lovers, we recommend taking the three hour trip from Darwin to Kakadu. Spanning approximately 20,000 square kilometres (that’s almost half the size of Switzerland!), it is Australia’s largest national park and its diverse landscape is home to more than 280 species of bird, 120 species of reptile and a staggering 2,000 different types of plant.
If you’d prefer to visit a national park a little closer to Darwin, Litchfield is a great choice. Spend time here enjoying the sights of the local wildlife, cooling down in refreshing plunge pools, or learning about the ancient traditions of the Aboriginal people.
If you’re thinking about a holiday in Australia’s Northern Territory and would like to learn more about where to go and how to get around, talk to one of our expert staff today. All of our team have spent time in Australia and would love to help.
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